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It's a testament to Civilization 5's thoughtful, historically-based gameplay that the addition of international trade routes is a major pillar of the upcoming Brave New World expansion. Firaxis has talked quite a bit about the new ideology and cultures, so it's time for trade to have its day in the sun.
The revised system is said to help you expand more smoothly and actually pick your own paths to determine your trading partners. A new trailer shows off the feature. Check it out below, and for more detail on the broad scope of Brave New World, read our interview with lead designer Ed Beach and senior producer Dennis Shirk. The expansion drops on July 9.
The Civilization 5: Brave New World is bringing a new ideology system to the game, as well as adding some social policies. A new trailer for the expansion goes into a bit more detail on how these will make it easier to become ruler of the known world.
Two new social policy trees have been added: aesthetics, which has a more cultural leaning, and exploration, focusing on discoveries on the high seas. The video also looks at the three ideologies that unlock once you enter the Modern Age.
The expansion will be out for PC on July 9.
Firaxis has announced two more of the nine cultures being added to Civilization 5's Brave New World expansion. Indonesia and Morocco will join the set, joining Poland, Brazil, Assyria, Zulu, and Portugal, with two civilizations still remaining to be revealed.
Indonesia will be led by Gajah Mada, the Prime Minister of the Majapahit Empire from the 14th century. They'll get a bonus for taking to the seas, as your first three cities formed on new continents get two luxury resources from the Spice Islanders ability. It also replaces the swordsman with the Kris Swordsman, who gets a random upgrade after the first combat, and the Candi replaces the Garden, complete with a faith bonus.
Morocco is led by Ahmad al-Mansur. It is centered around the new trade route mechanics coming in Brave New World, since they get bonuses to gold and culture for each external trade route from the Gateway to Africa ability. Cavalry is replaced by Berber Cavalry, which gets combat bonuses on home turf or on desert. The Kasbah improvement grants extra defense, food, production, and gold to desert tiles as well.